Everything God has said in His Word will most certainly come to pass!
This is an axiom, a truth upon which you can trust your soul. What God says will happen.
This is an anchor for your soul when your life gets stirred up and clouded by things you were not expecting.
Yet too often, (I know I find this true of myself) when temptations come and they whisper their enticing promises, I am prone to hear and pursue the false promises, rather than resting in the sure and proven promises of Scripture. When troubles come, I am too quick to be fearful, when I should be trusting; too quick to doubt, when I should cling to truth.
I have often wondered in the midst of my own struggles with doubt and sin, in the times when I am reeling in my own failures and capriciousness,… I have often wondered how much sin and misery I could avoid if I would just simply learn to take God at His Word.
The Word of God is abundant with promises. It teaches us, reproves us, corrects us, and instructs us in the path of righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
No matter what situation we may find ourselves in, God’s Word is an ever-present help and guide.
- If we are tempted to sin, God teaches us in His Word: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
- If we are lonely, He promises: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
- If we are weak, He tells us: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in your weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
- When we are enticed to sin, He warns us: “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
- If we fall into sin, He tells us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
- When we need wisdom, we are told: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).
This list could go on and on as we think through the rich and abundant pages of Scripture.
And all God says in every verse is true and sure. We can believe it. We can trust in it. We can treasure it in our hearts and count on it.
[This excerpt is from a Sermon on Genesis 1:1–5 entitled “The Certainty of God’s Word.” You can read the full Sermon here.]